Board members who supported real math recently but are under tremendous pressure to reverse are listed below. Let them know you are with them:
- Michael DeBell: email@example.com
- Harium Martin-Morris: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Mary Bass: email@example.com
- Sherry Carr: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Peter Maier: email@example.com
- Steve Sundquist: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Cheryl Chow: email@example.com
Here's a nice video of board member DeBell discussing in detail why the fuzzy math text is a bad idea.
And HERE the Seattle Times discusses why the fuzzy texts are a bad idea.
Finally, some additional talking points to include in your emails or use as a launch point into your own investigations. Please add in your own experience with district math programs at any grade level.
- Prentice-Hall books are solid, well-organized, and mathematically sound computational algorithms and formulas are clearly stated and well motivated by examples and hands-on activities. These materials are family and student friendly.
- Discovering Algebra and Discovering Advanced Algebra (Key Curriculum Press) have too much verbiage, too little in the way of clearly stated mathematical principles. Definitions, computational algorithms, and formulas are vaguely stated if they are stated at all. The program does not include enough practice for mastery.
- Local and national mathematicians have expressed their written concerns about the soundness of these programs.
- Our kids should not be subject to this ongoing failed experiment.